The Toronto Raptors suffered another mind-boggling home Game 1 loss on Saturday and Kyle Lowry was once again a topic after the defeat.
In his career, Lowry is 1-9 in Game 1s with the Raptors. His averages of 10.8 points per game on 31.7 percent from the field have left a lot to be desired for Raptors fans - Saturday evening was no different.
Lowry had a disaster outing, going scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting from the field. Speaking to the media post-game, Lowry didn't sound too worried about his poor shooting night.
"I got some looks and missed them. That's about it," Lowry told the media according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "Nothing new to me. I just missed some shots that were open. I did well on the floor general side but I've gotta make some shots."
Six of Lowry's seven misses came from 3-point range. That could've been a product of the way the Magic were defending him and also their length intimidating him from attacking the rim.
Lowry did impact the game in other areas, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out eight assists and was there defensively drawing charges. But the Raptors are at their best when Lowry can provide a scoring punch and that simply wasn't there in Game 1.
"I shot some shots, I got to the basket and I created. Maybe (I could have been) a little more aggressive," Lowry continued. "This year has been a different year with our team and sometimes I haven't been aggressive enough. But there's a Game 2 coming up."
Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard were able to pick up the scoring punch with Lowry struggling with his shot, finishing with 24 and 25 points respectively.
Playing his first playoff game with Lowry on Saturday, Leonard wasn't worried about the Raptors' heart and soul and expects him to bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday.
"Just encourage him to keep shooting. He had some good looks tonight, they just didn't fall," Leonard said. "He's gonna get in a rhythm. He's been sitting for the last five games after missing the Minnesota game, so I think next game he's definitely going to play better."